Homestyle Deviled ham on a tray with toast points

Homestyle Deviled Ham

Deviled Ham is a well known canned meat product that is soft and spicy, but its so much better when you make it yourself.  Homestyle Deviled Ham is soft and spicy and you can use your favorite leftover baked ham to create your own homemade spread.

Homestyle Deviled Ham tastes much better than what you buy in the can, and it is free of nitrates and other adders so it is healthier as well.  I usually make this around the holidays using my leftover ham and then freeze any leftover deviled ham because keep it for months and then thaw it out and use it again later.

Deviled ham is both spicy and sweet – with this recipe I like to use baked ham that was prepared with honey or brown sugar to sweeten it and then there is no need to add additional sweetener to the recipe.  However, you can add some brown sugar with the spices (about 1/2 TBSP per pound of ham) if you are looking for a sweeter spread.

So what is “Deviled” really mean?  Deviled generally means “spicy” food, and of course, Deviled Ham is just that.  In fact there are many layer of flavor with this delicious recipe – lemon juice to add a citrusy, tart flavor, hot sauce, paprika and spicy mustard to add bite, and plenty of other flavoring from the Worcestershire sauce and other spices.

Homestyle Deviled ham on toast held up and ready to eat
Homestyle Deviled Ham on Toast


Homestyle Deviled Ham makes a great spread when used by itself, it can also be used in other recipes such as ham salad or Onigiri (rice balls).

This recipe is delicious and I have some suggestions in the notes section, below, if you are looking for a for some additional variations on how to prepare this amazing spread.

You can refrigerate leftovers for several days or freeze for later.

So the next time you are looking for ways to use us that leftover holiday ham that was so good, or if you are looking for a unique spread for your next party, give this recipe a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!


Homestyle Deviled Ham

Homemade Deviled Ham makes an amazing spread.  It’s a perfect way to use up that leftover holiday ham. This sweet and spicy spread is simple to make – cube your ham, add in the other ingredients, put it all in a food processor and chop it up.  It doesn’t get much simpler.  Once you try this deviled delicacy, you may never go back to the canned version.

10 mins Makes twelve 2 TBSP servings
PREP 10 mins
YIELD Makes twelve 2 TBSP servings
Homestyle Deviled ham on a tray with toast points


  • 1 1/2 lbs cooked ham, cubed
  • 4 TBSP Mayonnaise
  • 1 TBSP Japanese Mustard Paste
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Homestyle Deviled Ham Ingredients laid out on a tablecloth


  • Combine all ingredients together in a food processor.

Ingredients for deviled ham loaded in the food processor before blending.

  • Blend to a smooth consistency.

Prepared deviled ham still in the food processor

  • Serve with toast points.

Homestyle Deviled Ham in serving bowl With a knife for spreading it and toast points in the background


  • To make toast points, slice the crust off of sliced white bread and toast.  Slice the toast diagonally.  You can also serve this dip with crackers or vegetables.
  • This recipe uses mayonnaise as a binder, but the spread will not come out smooth and oily.  If you prefer a smoother consistency, double the mayonnaise and add 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil before blending in the food processor.  You can also add Olive Oil in gradually when the processing is complete until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • This recipe uses spicy mustard – I use Japanese Karashi which is extremely spicy.  You can substitute Dijon Mustard or any other yellow mustard to make the last a little less hot.


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